Crime Writers: A Research Guide

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Crime Writers: A Research Guide is an easy-to-use launch pad for learning more about crime fiction authors, including those who write traditional mystery novels, suspense novels, and thrillers with crime elements. Emphasizing the best and most popular writers, the book covers approximately 50 contemporary authors, plus a few classics like Agatha Christie.

Each entry provides a brief quotation that gives some indication of writing style; a biographical sketch; lists of major ...

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Overview

Crime Writers: A Research Guide is an easy-to-use launch pad for learning more about crime fiction authors, including those who write traditional mystery novels, suspense novels, and thrillers with crime elements. Emphasizing the best and most popular writers, the book covers approximately 50 contemporary authors, plus a few classics like Agatha Christie.

Each entry provides a brief quotation that gives some indication of writing style; a biographical sketch; lists of major works and awards; and research sources, including websites, biographies, criticism, and research guides. There are also read-alikes for selected authors. Of special note is the inclusion of websites and other online resources, such as blogs and social networking sites, which are often overlooked in author-reference sources. The book also provides an overview of the genre and subgenres, a timeline, and a comprehensive bibliography. An ideal resource for genre studies and literature classes, this guide will also be invaluable to readers' advisors, book club leaders, students, and genre fans.

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"Because of its bibliographic depth, this guide is not yet outdone by free online sources and is a useful . . . addition to public libraries with substantial crime fiction collections."

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Library Journal
Intended for book clubs, researchers, and librarians, this guide offers an introduction to crime writing's major players. Haynes (coauthor, Unlocking the Mysteries of Cataloging) opens with an enlightening survey of crime genres and subgenres, including mysteries, thrillers, and works of suspense. She follows this with alphabetized writer profiles, along with bibliographic listings of their works. Each entry contains representative quotations from each writer's work, allowing for a vivid glimpse of trademark styles. Unfortunately, while covering 50 of what the product description touts to be the "best and most popular" writers, the book omits Edgar Award winner Lisa Scottoline. Moreover, although a significant segment is rightfully devoted to genre maven Agatha Christie, the book devotes merely a single "you might also like" paragraph to detective novel godfather Dashiell Hammett. These apparent oversights suggest the existence of other significant exclusions. Of particular value, however, is the primary- and secondary-source material that follows each writer profile. These point researchers to critical evaluations, additional research guides, and relevant new-media sources, e.g., blogs and author-related social networks. VERDICT Because of its bibliographic depth, this guide is not yet outdone by free online sources and is a useful, if incomplete, addition to public libraries with substantial crime fiction collections.—Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591589143
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Series: Author Research Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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